Senator Rand Paul shows support for medical marijuana bill

Published: Mar. 9, 2018 at 2:02 PM EST
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Senator Rand Paul says he supports a bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky.

Senator Paul made his support public following the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee voting to not vote on the bill on Wednesday.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes tweeted Pauls statement on Friday. The Senator says the decision on the bill should be left to state governments, but the currently stagnant bill has his support.

"I believe decisions on how to regulate cannabis should be left to state governments," Paul said in the statement. "I will continue to work to make sure the federal government respects federalism and does not interfere with such state decisions."

Senator Paul, a medical doctor himself, says medical marijuana should be an option for patients.

"I support passage of House Bill 166. I believe patients suffering from medical illness should have the right to try medical cannabis."

The bill will now stay in the House Judiciary Committee.